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Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings are composed of tooth-colored composite material that replaces the missing tooth structure.  Fillings are an easy cost-effective option for restoring decayed, broken, and chipped teeth. 

Although, some fillings may last for years, eventually all fillings will require replacement. Fillings are under constant pressure from everyday activities such as eating, clenching, and grinding. Normal wear and tear will cause fillings to chip and crack leaving the tooth exposed. After the seal between the filling and tooth is broken, food and bacteria can get in the filling causing recurrent tooth decay. Decay left untreated can result in a serious infection that could require a root canal or extraction. 

For this reason, it is important to schedule your ch

 

Composite vs. Amalgam

Tooth colored composite is the ideal choice for cavities, tooth chips, and other minor restorations. The composite can be customized to match the exact shade of your teeth making it undetectable. Composite requires very limited alteration to the teeth and preserves the tooth.This makes composite an excellent material for both cosmetic and functional uses. 

Amalgam fillings are considered safe but nevertheless do contain mercury and will stain the tooth. Additionally, the metal will be noticeable and not ideal for overall aesthetics. Amalgam fillings are not recommended for patients with metal allergies. 

 

Cost

The cost of teeth fillings vary based on a variety of factors including insurance, extent of decay, and location of the tooth. Anterior (front fillings) tend to be slightly less, while posterior (molar fillings) tend to be higher. 


Typically copays are about 10-20% of the contract rate (insurance decides the price). So, if a filling cost $100, typically the patient will only be responsible for $10-$20 after the deductible is met. Uninsured patients covered by our membership plan will received 15% off costs. 

Additionally, payment plans are available for any costs over $60.